DETROIT — Today, the public comment period ends for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s settlement with MSC Land Co. to begin cleanup of the former McLouth Steel Facility site. State Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) sent EPA administrators a letter commenting on the proposed settlement, including concerns and suggestions she has on behalf of residents. In addition, Rep. Chang issued the following statement:

“Cleaning up the McLouth Steel Facility site is a positive step forward for the quality of life for the area’s residents; however, it is critical this be carried out responsibly to protect the environment and public health of those in the community. I am pleased the EPA has recommended McLouth Steel Facility as a Superfund site and look forward to working with local officials and the EPA to ensure a smooth process. My office will be monitoring the situation closely for compliance with the settlement agreement once finalized. Residents must be given updates and opportunities for comment on an ongoing basis, as this process will impact their day-to-day lives. I also hope there will be a heightened focus on stronger cleanup standards, dust control plans, and air and water quality monitoring. The EPA and the MDEQ should take all necessary steps to guarantee that this process protects the public health of residents, and I will do all I can in partnership with local officials to ensure their voices are heard.”

A copy of the letter Rep. Chang sent to EPA administrators is attached here.